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‘Exploding’ sales flagged up need for more space

Iain Clasper-Cotte took the urgent call at 5.30pm. And less than 24 hours later his relieved client took delivery of the job: high-definition tension fabrics for 30 shops. This was just one of eight urgent orders in a single day last week from major clients of Northern Flags.

Strong arm tactics tackle heavy loads

There are robots and robots. One type inhabits the popular culture of books, movies and TV, where more-or-less humanoid machines may be heroes, villains, evil or good, oppressors or slaves. Then there are the ones that actually exist, that mostly look nothing like humans.

60 seconds with Wensleydale Press

Wensleydale Press began life in the mid-19th century. It was acquired by husband and wife team Ken and Liz Lawson in 1979. Although Ken passed away a decade ago, the business continues to be run by Liz alongside Ken’s son Nigel.

60 seconds with… Ditto 4 Design

In 2002, Ron Fothergill was working in a Blues Brothers show. “Many of the acts we worked asked us to design their posters and leaflets. We saw an opportunity and started off running two machines in our dining room with finishing in the garage.” Ron’s long-suffering wife and partner Lindsay said “enough!” when a third machine appeared in the kitchen! The firm moved into more suitable premises where it continues to thrive.

Digital print tech lifts fabric creatives to new levels

Chris Childs is a convert. The managing director and founder of Contrado, a fabric printer that also operates the Bags Of Love online business, believes digital fabric printing isn’t just transforming the lower-run, bespoke end of the fabric market, but will encroach on more and more of the fabric printing sector, which is still largely wedded to screen printing.

How to expand into the world of web

Printers and designers we’ve spoken to tell us they feel that if they don’t offer web services they risk losing the client,” according to its website. Nettl calls itself a “bolt-on formula” offering an “end-to-end solution” to design and print businesses. Minus the jargon, Nettl is a network of web studios.

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